European clubs' reluctance force Ghana to rely on home-based players for South Africa match

Published on: 12 February 2021
European clubs' reluctance force Ghana to rely on home-based players for South Africa match
Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew of Ghana warm up during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Cameroon and Ghana at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt on 29 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

With reluctance from European clubs to release players to their national teams in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ghana is forced to rely on home-based players for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against South Africa.

Nicknamed the Black Stars, the West African country will in March resume their qualification journey to next year’s continental showpiece in Cameroon.

While Ghana eyes victory to book early qualification, they have decided to commence preparations earlier than usual.

Preview to the difficulty it has become for national teams to get foreign clubs to release players for international matches, the Black Stars technical team has decided to rely on home-based players.

As a result, 32 players from the Ghana Premier League and the National Division One League have been handed call-ups by head coach CK Akonnor.

Although the gaffer will hand invites to foreign players in the weeks leading to the South Africa match, it is understood that the final squad will be made up of more home-based players.

 

 

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